LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The newest JCPS elementary school featuring energy efficient LED lights with motion sensors and geothermal heating and air conditioning units in each classroom will be on display during this year’s Homearama.

The school -- which opens to students Aug. 10 and is costing the district about $15 million to build -- will be open from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on July 17 and 24 for self-guided tours. A Homearama admission ticket is not required to tour the school. 

“We look forward to showcasing our newest JCPS school that features the latest technology to increase student learning and promote energy efficiency,” said Superintendent Donna Hargens. “The school is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood, and we hope families will take the opportunity to learn more about JCPS and the quality education offered to elementary and early childhood students at Norton Commons Elementary.”

IMAGES | Look inside Norton Commons Elementary, JCPS' newest school

The energy efficient LED lights with motion sensors and geothermal heating and air conditioning units in each classroom are just two of the state-of-the-art features district officials say will help reduce utility bills.

In addition, each Norton Commons Elementary classroom will have Epson interactive projectors and a library media center that features a makerspace, a collaborative learning center that will provide students with hands-on and creative ways to design, experiment, build and invent.

It will be the district's 92nd elementary school and the first new facility to open since Ramsey Middle School opened in 2008. Two other elementary schools -- Farmer and Stopher -- were also built and opened in 2007.

The developer of Norton Commons donated the land to JCPS years ago and work began on the new school last spring. 

The school has also chosen its new mascot. Students will now be known as the Norton Commons Knights. The school’s colors are navy, silver and white. The ribbon cutting for the school is Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m., and the first day of school for students is Aug. 10.

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Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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